Montessori American School announces the celebration of its 25th Anniversary and the class of 2013 graduation. Since 1988, the school has enrolled close to 2,000 children in its Montessori preschool and kindergarten programs.
Edith Gruener – Principal
Montessori American School
CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA (June 29, 2013) This year marked the 25th anniversary of The Montessori American School, a premier preschool and kindergarten Montessori school in Chula Vista, CA. When the school opened its doors in 1988, there were 48 students enrolled. Over the past 25 years, the school has enrolled close to 2,000 children in its preschool and kindergarten programs. The school currently serves 96 students between the ages of 2 and 6 years old.
To celebrate its anniversary, the school held a ceremony that was attended by 200 parents, students, teachers, and administrative staff.
“It was a very emotional ceremony,” said Principal Edith Gruener. “Everybody shared the joy of this major milestone.”
Edith Gruener’s two sons, Eduardo and Mauricio, also attended the ceremony and presented speeches to honor their mother in her accomplishments. In his speech, Mauricio proclaimed, “Mother, you are an accomplished entrepreneur and a business leader. Twenty-five years ago you pursued the start of your second Montessori school, the start of a dream. With full determination, creativity, and passion, the Montessori American School opened its doors in San Diego. With discipline and perseverance, you laid the foundation of a reputable, high quality organization.”
Edith Gruener founded Montessori American School in 1988, and has since devoted her professional life to her proclaimed goal of “making it one of the best preschool and kindergarten schools in the South Bay“. Gruener brings 40 years of teaching experience and 37 years as a school owner and director to Montessori American School. She holds two Montessori Diplomas, including a Montessori Teaching Certificate from the Pan American Society and a Nursery and Primary Schools Credential from Saint Nicholas Training Center. She also has a Diploma in Child Development and Psychopathology from the Association Prescolar Montessori.
“This has been a great personal journey for me,” said Principal Gruener during her opening speech. “I want to believe that we have contributed to helping those children become self-confident, independent, well prepared and well rounded individuals, who will be able to face any challenges and will look back with a smile on their face, at their time spent at the Montessori American School.”
Over the past 25 years, the Montessori American School has provided children with a nurturing, educational environment. The school incorporates Montessori philosophies, such as multi-aged grouping based on periods of development. This environment encourages children to develop a sense of self and community, giving them the unique opportunity to learn from and teach each other. The educational structure promotes independence and encourages children to develop a hunger for learning. The classrooms at Montessori American School also adhere to the Montessori philosophy of providing ordered arrangement of sequential learning materials, designed to be developmentally appropriate and aesthetically appealing.
At the close of her speech, Gruener went on to extend a debt of gratitude to her family, as well as staff, parents, and students, saying, “Thank you parents. Thank you teachers. Thank you children, for the most wonderful years of my life.”
ABOUT MONTESSORI AMERICAN SCHOOL:
Montessori American School is a private kindergarten and preschool in Chula Vista that serves Bonita, Chula Vista, Eastlake, and San Diego, CA. They opened their doors in 1988 with 48 students. Today the school serves 96 children between the ages of two and six years. All of the teachers are either certified by the Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) or by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and they are trained to teach based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. To learn how to create a Montessori environment in your own home visit our preschool and kindergarten blog.